Salvation Army offers GED classes to Lubbock’s homeless

Salvation Army offers GED classes to Lubbock’s homeless

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Many people may take getting their high school diploma for granted, but for some it is not an easy task. That can be especially true for people who are homeless or come from a low income community.

That’s why the Salvation Army of Lubbock hopes offering a class to earn a GED can give those in need of an education a chance to make a better life for themselves and their families.

“We see a lot of individuals out there that can’t move out of poverty because they don’t have their high school diploma or GED," said Erica Hitt, social services director with the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army’s Empowerment Center has been helping Lubbock’s homeless and low income community for some time now. It’s a place to charge phones, grab food, and receive clothing vouchers.

Now the Empowerment Center is offering something new, a class to get a GED. “This kind of fills the gap. It’s going to help get those in the homeless community out of those industries where they are not going anywhere,” said Hitt.

The class meets twice each week, and each person will learn at their own pace.

Hitt said the response has been overwhelming. "We have 21 confirmed now and that’s where we cut it off and we said no more. I was even blown away by the response, but it just shows that there is a need for this kind of class in the homeless community.”

A class to hopefully give the less fortunate a second chance. “I hope it gives them hope to make a better life for themselves and make a better life for their family. It just gives them a lot of pride and shows them they can do stuff,” instructor Larry Morgan said.

As for how long it will take those in the class to get their GED, it depends on the person. Morgan said the average person who comes every class meeting can get it in about four months.

For more information on this class and how you can help a student with their testing, call Salvation Army of Lubbock at (806) 765-9434.

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